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  • Wildebeest Guide to Camping with Dogs


    It’s Camping season! And there's nothing quite magical like exploring the great outdoors with our dogs by our side. Whether you’re new to camping with pups or a seasoned veteran, being prepared and equipped will help you and your canine companion enjoy the camping experience to the fullest. From choosing the right campsite to packing essential supplies, this guide will provide you with valuable information for creating a safe and successful camping trip with Beest.


    Choosing the Right Campsite

    When choosing the right campsite for your trip, there are a few key factors to consider. First start with looking for pet-friendly campgrounds that welcome dogs and even provide amenities for them, such as designated pet areas and waste disposal stations. If your pet is sensitive to road travels, perhaps you want to consider a campsite that is closer in distance requiring minimal travel. Additionally, consider the proximity of the campsite to hiking trails and other outdoor activities nearby, as this will allow you and your dog to explore and exercise together. Check for the availability of water sources at the campsite and pack accordingly, as staying hydrated throughout your adventure is crucial for both you and your pet.

    Once you have a list of potential sites, it’s a good idea to call individual locations to double-check breed and behavior guidelines as well as seasonal and other site-specific directions. Also remember that each hiking trail, beach or state park also has its own policies regarding pets that may be different than your campsite location. So it’s important to do your research before your trip.

    Packing Beestie’s Camping Essentials

    No matter how primitive or glamorous you want your camping experience to be, camping involves packing and packing efficiently can make all the difference. And having the right gear with you is important in keeping pup safe and comfortable throughout your adventure. Portable bowls are a must-have item for water and food on the go, a quality leash and properly fitted harness will help you keep your pup secure in unfamiliar surroundings. Pack a pet first aid kit in case of any accidents or injuries occur while out on an adventure. Don't forget to bring along treats and chews to reward your dog for good behavior and keep their energy and engagement levels up. Perhaps you want to try a dog backpack that allows your pup to carry their own essentials and lighten your load during hikes. Here’s a list of essential items we suggest packing for your pup:

    • Food + portable Bowls / slow feeder
    • Treats, chews + any meds as needed
    • Pet first aid kit
    • Leash, harness, collar + ID tag with updated contact info
    • 20-50 ft tie-out rope
    • Outdoor pet mat, towels, blankets
    • Toys
    • Activity-specific accessories like dog backpack, life jacket, booties, etc.
    • Poop bags + trash bags

    Preparing Pup Ahead of Your Camping Trip

    Before heading on your camping trip with Beest, it's important to make sure they are ready for the great outdoors, such as being up-to-date on vaccinations and having flea and tick prevention. Additionally, have an emergency contact written down and tell them your trip details and where you will be in case of any unexpected situations. It’s also good to plan the activities for you and your dog to do on your trip so you can prepare accordingly. For example, if there’s an activity that you or your pup wish to try for the first time, we suggest simulating the experience ahead of time and/or make arrangements to have others on your trip to guide and help you.

    If it’s your first time camping with pup, do a test run by setting up a tent with your dog in your backyard, living room, or nearby campsite. This will get them used to the sounds and feel of being in and around a tent, and the familiar environment will help get them comfortable more quickly. You can start with just the tent, then gradually introduce other camping gear like sleeping bags, lanterns, and even camping food to make the experience feel more authentic, while gauging your dog’s comfort level and making necessary adjustments. By practicing camping at home and taking the steps to prepare your dog for the adventure ahead, you can ensure keeping your pup safe and happy on a real camping trip.

    Establishing Ground Rules

    Once you arrive at your campsite, all the new smells, sounds and spots will be exciting for your pup to explore, but can be overstimulating at the same time. Having some ground rules and boundaries around your temporary outdoor abode will help establish consistency and make your overall camping experience safe and more enjoyable.

    • Have a designated potty area for your dog (if your campsite doesn’t have one) and determine what the site's proper waste disposal is to maintain cleanliness for you and other campers and to respect the environment.
    • Provide your pup with a designated sleeping, eating/drinking and play area, just like they have at home.
    • Consider using a longer tie-out rope to keep your dog safely tethered within your campsite with some room to roam. Having a hands-free leash can also come in handy for keeping pup on your side while setting up, cooking or going for potty breaks.
    • Keep their food and water bowls where they can easily access them. If you have a busy pup, keeping them occupied and entertained with their slow feeder or food puzzle will help curb any unwanted behavior such as excessive barking or destroying of gear.

    Exploring The Great Outdoors with Beest

    From sleeping in a tent in nature and cooking and eating food outside, to hanging out around a campfire and stargazing at night… camping offers such a unique and authentically enriching experience that we simply can’t get from our daily routine. And a great way to magnify this wonderful camping experience is to build some fun activities into your trip. Here are some activity ideas while camping with pups:

    • Hiking
    • Walking / running
    • Beach picnic
    • Swimming
    • Canoeing / kayaking
    • Playing fetch
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Training / agility exercise
    • Photo / Video-graphing

    Whether it’s making quick stops to explore different spots along the way to and from your campsite, or planning for a long hike or beach day while you’re camping, visiting new places, sniffing new smells and creating new experiences all help nurture growth in us humans and our furry companions alike. And doing it together is one of the most magical and natural ways to build our special bond with our Beests. Again, planning for dog-friendly trips and activities can take time and research but you won’t regret it once you’re having the best time of your lives together!


    Camping with your Beest is an enriching and memorable experience. By choosing the right campsite, preparing your dog adequately, and planning fun activities throughout your trip, you can have a wonderful bonding experience. Remember to come prepared and plan ahead so you can ensure your dog’s safety. Happy Camping! 🏕️

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    May | 06 | 2024

    Wildebeest Guide to Camping with Dogs

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  • Pack Your Own Pet Emergency Go Bags (2024)

    Dog parenting is a journey and a lot of the things that happen along the way may come rather unexpectedly. It’s our responsibility as caretakers of our companions to try to be prepared in the best way possible for their well-being. Having a “Go Bag” specifically tailored for your dog can make a huge difference in ensuring their safety and comfort during times of crisis. From natural disasters to sudden illness or injury, having essential supplies that you and your pet need readily available can help alleviate some stress and provide peace of mind knowing that you are equipped to handle any situation that may come your way. And we’re here to get you started on packing your Emergency Go Bag with a list of items to include in it.


    IDs, Docs + Emergency Contacts

    As far-fetched as it may sound, having physical print-outs of maps, identifications and other important documents can be helpful if the networks are down. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to have them on hand! Keep these items in secure waterproof bags – ziploc/freezer bags would work and you can even double up on them just in case. And remember to keep all info up-to-date by regularly checking it.

    • Emergency contact info
    • Map of your area
    • Photos of your pet with names
    • Proof of ownership
    • Vaccine history and medical record
    • Any special medication + feeding instructions 
    • Legal trust documentation (who your pet should go to if you can’t care for them)

    Food, Water + First Aid Essentials

    Think survival items! We recommend packing a minimum of 3 days worth of supplies. For food, water and treats, prepare packaged and sealed stuff to ensure longevity, easy storage and safe feeding. Cycle them out as needed if they expire. First Aid Kits for pets can be easily found and purchased online. Check the contents and take out/add in any common first aid items to fit your needs.

    • Pet First Aid Kit
        - Pet first aid guide book
        - Tweezers
        - Antibiotic ointment
        - Gauze
        - Ice pack
        - Adhesive tape and Bandages
        - Hydrogen peroxide
        - Scissors
        - Gloves
        - Towel
        - Cotton balls
    • Dry or canned food
    • Plenty of water
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Poop bags and trash bags
    • Sanitizer and cleaning wipes/towels
    • Favorite treats and comfort toys
    • CDB/calming aid for high-anxiety pups

    Back Up Gear

    It’s always a good idea to have an extra set of all your pup’s current gear packed away as emergency back-up. Having all your essential pup items with you can help navigate through chaotic situations with more ease. Opt for lightweight, compact products that are collapsible and pack down to a smaller volume for efficiency in packing, storing and carrying!

    • Collar with up-to-date ID tag
    • Harness that fits properly
    • Leash to keep your dog tethered and close
    • Treat Pouch for easy-access to treats and keeping pup focused
    • All weather jacket
    • Travel bowls for food / water
    • Muzzle, incase of medical care
    • Paw protectors for walking on ice / snow

     


    This just about covers all the general items to pack in your pets’ Go Bag! Remember to customize the list to fit you and your pup’s needs and pack anything that are your personal must-haves. 

    All your items can be packed into a backpack or duffle bag that you can readily take and go. We encourage you to check out Wildebeest’s very own Go Bag that we were recently inspired to design. In California where we live, the wildfires have been becoming a devastating natural phenomenon and they have reminded us to check and pack/re-pack our Go Bags. Our Bernal Go Bag is an ideal bag for packing/carrying small items and keeping them organized and accessible, for emergency situations AND/OR just traveling with your dogs. Watch our how-to-use video to learn more!

    Head to our Guide to Pet Emergency Kits for a deeper dive on the Pet Emergency Kit and printable checklist.

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Apr | 09 | 2024

    Pack Your Own Pet Emergency Go Bags (2024)

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  • Guide to Surviving the Allergy Season - Dog Edition

    Spring is here and so are new plants, smells, dusts… and allergy season. Just like humans, our pups can also suffer from allergies that can make them uncomfortable and irritable. Common allergens for dogs during allergy season include pollen, dust mites, mold spores, and insect bites. Allergies in dogs occur when the body has an inappropriate immune response to a foreign substance or allergen, resulting in widespread inflammation which can be year-round or seasonal.

    We’ve put together some helpful information and tips to help you & pup stay prepared and healthy through allergy season.


    Allergy Symptoms

    Seasonal allergies are usually environmental, and as the seasons change the allergens come and go in your dog’s environment. Seasonal allergies can show up between 1-3 years of age. The most common symptoms of allergies in dogs is skin-related but they can also suffer discomfort in their face and head. Watch out for these symptoms or any unusual or excessive behavior in your dog:

    • Shedding excessively
    • Sneezing excessively
    • Licking their paws / anal glands
    • Biting their coat or skin
    • Hot spots
    • Unusual texture in their skin
    • Stinky ears, ear inflammation or chronic infections
    • Puffy eyes and eye discharge

    Common Allergens + Triggers

    Your dog’s skin is sensitive and it’s the first line of defense against foreign substances. If your dog’s skin can’t properly block the allergens, it can trigger their immune system. You can’t prevent dogs from developing allergies but can keep them away from contact with common allergens such as fleas, pollen, and grass. These are some common allergy triggers for dogs to avoid:

    • Tree pollens, such as cedar, ash, and oak
    • Weed pollens, like ragweed in humans
    • Grass pollens
    • Mildew
    • Dust mites
    • Fleas and ticks
    • Shed skin cells, like pet allergies in humans



    How to prepare

    Spring cleaning is a great way for managing allergies. By regularly cleaning and removing dust, pollen, and other allergens from your home, you can create a healthier environment for your dog. As much as we love our pets, having them in our homes exposes us and them to dirt, pests, and unwanted bacteria. For ways on how to keep your home and pet’s belongings clean, the Wildebeest guide to Spring Cleaning covers where to get started and how to execute.

    Here are other proactive measures you can take to limit allergen exposure and manage your dog's allergies to ensure they remain comfortable and happy during allergy season:

    • Use an air purifier to filter out airborne allergens
    • Close your windows during peak pollen times to keep allergens out
    • Clean pup’s paws after outdoor walks and bathe them regularly
    • Wash your dog’s bedding weekly in hot water and dry on hot cycle to kill dust mites
    • Vacuum soft surfaces, such as carpeting and couches, often
    • Use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency air (HEPA) filter
    • Clean your dog’s chew toys and plush toys often
    • Use dehumidifiers to prevent mold in bathrooms, kitchens, and other damp spots
    • Have pup on flea and tick prevention methods
    • Be mindful of other potential allergens in your home, such as certain houseplants or foods

    Allergy Treatment

    If your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies, consult with your vet first to explore the best allergy treatment plans to help alleviate your pup’s symptoms. Supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics can help support your dog's immune system and reduce inflammation caused by allergies. Certain foods, like local honey can also aid and improve your dog's allergies, using the same pollen that causes seasonal allergies can make your dog more accustomed to the pollen.

    You may look into allergy medications or vitamins to help with specific symptoms based on your vet’s recommendation. If your dog’s allergies are not getting better, schedule an appointment with your vet. They can prescribe and provide relief for more severe symptoms.


    As responsible dog parents, being prepared and proactive during allergy season is important for our pup’s well-being. By implementing regular cleaning routines, avoiding allergens, exploring supplements and dietary options, and consulting with your veterinarian for appropriate medications, we can effectively manage our dog's allergies and ensure they stay comfortable and healthy.

    Remember, a happy and allergy-free dog means a happy and stress-free dog parent. Stay informed, take action, and enjoy a wonderful allergy season with your Beestie!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Mar | 15 | 2024

    Guide to Surviving the Allergy Season - Dog Edition

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  • 5 Homemade Doggy Dental Treat Recipes

    Doggy dental health is an important responsibility for a pet parent. Depending on your lifestyle and how much you’ve got on your plate, taking time to prioritize your dog’s teeth isn’t always at the top of the list. But the fact is, dental disease in dogs can start as early as three years old? It’s also one of the most common diseases that lead to heart / liver disease and diabetes, if left neglected for long.

    Being pet parents ourselves, we understand that brushing our dog’s teeth daily may not be realistic, especially if they aren’t a fan of it. And buying dental chews or treats from the store can also be costly and overwhelming if you're not sure what ingredients are safe or if it’s not in your budget. We put together 5 easy dental treat recipes that you can make at home to help get your pup’s dental health on track, while also keeping them healthy.


    1. Carrot Toothbrush

    An easy and minimal ingredient recipe from Phyllis & Hillary on TikTok.

    • Ingredients: Carrots, Dog-safe bone broth + water
    • Directions in a nutshell: Peel and cut carrots to desired size, keeping them long. Soak carrots in bone broth + water in a container for a few hours. Freeze and serve.

    Why we love this: This is a crunchy and fun alternative to brushing teeth as it helps with plaque buildup and can be prepped for the week ahead if you struggle with finding time to brush your pups teeth daily.

    2. Frozen Breath Mints

    A no bake recipe combining Down Redbud Drive and Better Pup on TikTok, it takes no more than 5 minutes to prep.

    • Ingredients: Coconut oil, Chopped mint, with optional Parsley, Turmeric and Raw honey
    • Directions in a nutshell: Mix all ingredients together and add to a desired mold. Freeze and serve.

    Why we love this: These ingredients are great but when combined all together it makes for an anti-inflammatory and immune boosting treat that also happens to help your dog’s breath. These are easy to make and require no baking at all.

    3. Apple Froyo

    Putting a little spin on the breath mint recipe, The Produce Moms' dental treat recipe features apples, which are helpful in teeth cleaning and yogurt, which is great for a healthy gut.

    • Ingredients: Green apple, Mint, Parsley, Coconut oil, Plain greek yogurt
    • Directions in a nutshell: Blend all ingredients together in a food processor and add to a desired mold. Freeze and serve.

    Why we love this: This is another yummy, easy to make recipe that is perfect for those in a time crunch. This recipe also calls for greek yogurt which has nutrients like protein, calcium, and probiotics to keep your dog healthy and strong.

    4. Homemade Green Biscuits

    A healthy and homemade recipe from Health Starts in the Kitchen on making your own dental biscuits.

    • Ingredients: Mint, Parsley, Egg, Activated charcoal, Diatomaceous earth, Brewers yeast, Grass fed gelatin, Coconut oil, Ghee, Bone broth, Liquid chlorophyll (alternative: freshly juiced wheatgrass), Garbanzo bean flour
    • Directions in a nutshell: Combine mint, parsley, charcoal, diatomaceous earth, brewers yeast, gelatin and egg in a food processor until smooth. Add in coconut oil, ghee, bone broth and chlorophyll. Add flour until the mixture becomes a dough. Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness, cut into desired shapes and place onto a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

    Why we love this: This recipe makes a clean and natural ingredient alternative to a popular dental chew on the market. These baked treats help with daily oral health and you can customize treat size / ingredients to pup’s liking or what you have on hand.

    5. Pumpkin Dental Biscuits

    These pumpkin apple doggy mints from Damn Delicious also double as a healthy treat.

    • Ingredients: Pumpkin puree, Eggs, Whole wheat flour, Apple, Mint, Parsley
    • Directions in a nutshell: Beat pumpkin puree and eggs with an electric mixer until well combined. Add flour until the mixture becomes a dough. Work apple, mint, and parsley into the dough. Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness, cut into desired shapes and place onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

    Why we love this: This recipe contains pumpkin which is an amazing addition to your dog’s food palette. Pumpkin has so many vitamins and minerals such as iron and potassium. It’s also great for digestion.


    Looking to get some more in-depth doggy dental tips? Check out our Guide to Dog Dental Care on other solutions to keeping your pup’s oral hygiene healthy. If you’re not sure where to start or pup has special needs, consulting your vet for the best plan for your dog is always a great idea.

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Feb | 16 | 2024

    5 Homemade Doggy Dental Treat Recipes

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  • New Year, New You: 5 Tips To Reset You + Beest

    Start the year off on the right paw by implementing healthy habits for you & your dog! Most of us humans like to reset and welcome the New Year with new goals, healthy habits, and striving to achieve something new or different. We think that the same should go for our pup’s, so we put together some tips to help get your Beest excited and ready for the New Year too!


    1. Set A Training Plan + Goals

    One of the most rewarding experiences as a dog parent is watching your Beest learn, grow, and improve. Research fun and effective techniques or tricks to teach your dog that you have been pushing off or think might be too challenging for your dog. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our blog posts 5 Training Goals or Training Tips to get you going.

    Training not only provides mental stimulation for your pup, but it also strengthens the bond between you both. Start with incorporating 10-15 minute training sessions into your daily routine, and focus on basics first – sit, stay, down, come command, etc. and reward with positive reinforcement. After you feel confident in the basics, move on to something a bit more challenging and repeat until they are ready for the next challenge. Consistency is key, so make it a plan to train regularly and to train in different environments, along with making sure you block out time in your day / week to work on these skills to get your pup to where you want them to be.

    It’s also important to determine your end goal and set mini goals to get you there. Whether it’s to build your dog’s confidence, work on reactivity, or learn how to open the fridge, if you don’t set a goal it will be hard to stay motivated and consistent.

    2. Refresh Your Pup’s Closet

    What can be more motivating than putting that new gear to use?! A refresh in dog gear will make you and your beest feel good and will want to get you out of the house just to put it to good use. Go through your dog’s wardrobe or gear bins and keep it up to date, checking for any items that are worn out, no longer fit properly, or are no longer suitable for your dog's needs. Hand them down to a friend or make a donation to your local shelter, and then make a list of what needs to be replaced or added. Treating your pup to high-quality dog gear will make them excited to head out anywhere that’s not home and it will also keep you accountable and keep your pup safe & secure.

    3. Implement Healthy Eating

    A healthy, balanced diet is essential for your dog's happiness and physical and mental well-being, and can contribute to their longevity. A well-rounded food plan can include plenty of protein with high-quality meat sources such as muscle tissue, fruits & vegetables, healthy fats, and supplements. Some easy steps you can take are feeding healthy treats with single ingredients, no preservatives, or fresh foods instead of processed. Try adding meal toppers and healthy supplements like fish oil or coconut oil for pup's coat, joints and immunity. Your local pet store can be a great resource for recommendations on a range of nutritious foods and treats.

    If your pup has any sensitive dietary needs, consult with your veterinarian to find the foods that work best. They can provide personalized advice and create a diet plan that takes into consideration your dog's age, breed, and specific health conditions such as allergies.

    4. Take On A New Exercise Routine

    Creating a new exercise routine for your dog is great for their physical health and mental well-being. Dogs thrive on routine and live for structured activities, whether it’s a walk around the block or trying to find treats hidden around the house, having a physical activity planned regularly can keep your dog happy and healthy.

    Take your dog’s age and breed into consideration when brainstorming activities. For example, if you want to get your senior dog who's slowed down to get moving a little, perhaps you can try swimming which is relatively low impact and helps mobilize their joints. Or if you have a working breed who needs lots of exercise but your ability to be active with them is limited, try engaging in physical + mental activities such as interactive puzzle toys, indoor fetch sessions and training exercises with them. Here are some more exercise ideas to help you get started, and get your pup in shape this year. 

    5. Explore New Places & Socialize

    Make the most out of the year by exploring new places with your dog and making some fur-friends too. Dogs are social animals and love the companionship of both humans and fellow dogs. Take them to new places and allow them to interact with others if possible, it can also be a great way to work on their reactivity / socialization if they struggle with socializing or have low confidence when interacting with other dogs. Play dates and pack walks can be some great ways to work on socializing -- just be sure to plan for your dog's needs accordingly and be in a safe and controlled environment.

    One way to plan fun adventures for your dog is by finding dog-friendly locations in your area. To name a few typical dog-friendly locations: parks, beaches, and hiking trails. Remember that new adventures are enjoyable experiences and can make the most out of the year and create lasting memories with your beloved canine companion.


    Resetting your New Year for your dog doesn't have to be difficult. By simply implementing healthy habits that you would for yourself, like a balanced diet, goals to get to their training needs, and exercising regularly, are small and easy changes that you can start at any time. Something to keep in mind as a pet parent is that your dog relies on you for their physical and mental health, so it's crucial to make the effort in keeping them around for a long time at their healthiest & happiest.

    We wish all your pet parents a Happy and Healthy New Year with your Beests!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Jan | 17 | 2024

    New Year, New You: 5 Tips To Reset You + Beest

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  • Preparing for the Holiday Season with your Dog

    The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and spending quality time with loved ones, including our furry friends. As the festivities approach, it's essential to make the right preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for you + Beest. Whether you’ll be spending the holidays at home / someone else’s home, leaving your beest behind, or traveling with them, here’s a guide that will help you plan and prepare.


    Celebrating At Home

    If you’re planning on spending the holidays at home or with family / friends, you may think that preparing your pup might be a bit silly, but keep in mind that dogs thrive on routine and consistency. Having something out of the ordinary from their regular routine can cause an over or under-stimulated dog, which can make them anxious and stressed.

    Here are some tips to help:

    • Make sure to create a cozy space or room for your pup to relax in during the festivities, away from the hustle and bustle and include their bed, crate, or blanket.
    • Stock up on their favorite toys and treats to keep them entertained and occupied throughout the day / night. Consider a highly engaging toy or treat such as a frozen lick mat / Kong or a buffalo horn. This will eventually tire and help stimulate their brains to keep your dog calm, anxious-free and less likely to act out.
    • Establish boundaries and educate guests on how to interact with your dog, especially if they are not used to being around pets. If you’re bringing your dog to someone’s home, discuss beforehand on what boundaries they want to implement and try to bring them over before party day to get them familiar with the new place.
    • Be mindful of the holiday decorations, such as Christmas trees and ornaments, which can pose potential hazards.
    • Know what foods your pup can and can’t have and make sure everyone knows what you're okay with feeding them or if you will allow any feeding other than treats / dog food. See our Holiday Food Safety Guide for a printable flier that’s easy to stick on the fridge or save to your phone.
    • Take your dog on a long walk before your guests start to arrive to get out any extra energy they’ll have.

    Traveling With Beest

    Traveling with your dog during the holiday season can get a bit stressful for them and yourself. Whether it’s your very first time traveling together, flying on a plane or road tripping it, doing early research on what you’ll need will prepare you for a successful journey. Here are some tips to help prepare you both for travel:

    • Make sure your beest is up-to-date on their vaccinations, flea and tick preventatives, has had a recent health check-up, and has no medical issues / concerns that may prevent them from travel.
    • Invest in a sturdy comfortable travel crate or carrier that is appropriate for your dog's size and breed, if you're flying make sure to check your airlines requirements on pet carrier size. Familiarize your pup with the crate / carrier before the trip, remember to make it a positive and comfortable space for them.
    • Pack all the necessary supplies in a bag to keep close by, if you’ll be flying with them in the cabin, make sure you have the appropriate supplies in your carry on bag. If you’re road tripping, have an easy to reach bag with just your pet’s essentials, including some food, treats or chews, a portable water bowl + water, a favorite toy, and medications they may need.
    • Bring a familiar blanket or item that smells like home to provide comfort during travel and place it in their carrier or pet bed.
    • Plan your travel itinerary with your dog's needs in mind, including regular potty breaks, exercise opportunities, and rest stops.
    • For anxious dog travelers, consider bringing CBD treats or calming chews to help ease some of their stress. Make sure to consult your vet to figure out what works best for your dog.

    More on how to prepare for your trip, head to our Traveling With Your Dog Guide.

    Away Without Beest

    If you're leaving your dog behind or not traveling with them during the holiday season, there are still steps you can take to ensure their well-being while you’re away. Keep in mind that it will probably be harder on your pup if they aren’t used to not having you around for a few days. Set them and their caretaker up for success whether you're leaving them somewhere familiar or new. With an array of options from dog boarding apps, hotels / facilities, or a recommendation from a friend or family member, it’s important to research and find the option that best suits your pup’s needs. Here are some tips to help prepare:

    • Find a trusted and reliable pet sitter or boarding facility to care for your pup while you're away. Make sure to provide detailed instructions on your dog's routine, feeding schedule, behaviors, medications or allergies, and rules to implement.
    • Leave them with familiar items, such as their bed or blanket, to provide comfort while you’re away. Also consider leaving a piece of clothing with your scent to help ease any separation anxiety they may experience.
    • Plan a trial stay a few weeks before with your sitter to see how your pet does before actually leaving.
    • Stay in communication with your sitter through video calls or messages to check on your dog’s well-being and to help keep your mind at peace.
    • Have a back-up plan in case an emergency occurs whether it be your sitter or your dog. Provide a secondary person to contact that is local and can step in while you’re away. Also provide your dog’s vet or hospital phone number and address.
    • Before leaving your dog, ensure their bag is packed with not only their daily essentials but also proper identification, vaccine documents, a list of emergency contacts, and properly functioning gear (leash, collar, harness) to help ensure their safety.

    For a more detailed guide on this topic, check out our Guide to Pet Boarding & Sitting.


    Celebrating the holidays with your dog requires careful planning and consideration but remember, the holiday season is about making new and special memories with your loved ones. Whether you plan to stay home or travel with or without your pup, taking the time to make thoughtful preparations will ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for both you + beest + those celebrating with you.

    For more holiday content like our Holiday Gift Guide or DIY Holiday Dog Treat Recipes, check out our Holiday Blog Series linked here !

    Happy Holidays, Beesties!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Nov | 13 | 2023

    Preparing for the Holiday Season with your Dog

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  • 5 Positive Habits for Beestie's Health + Happiness

    As “man’s best friends”, dogs bring us so much joy and amazing quality of life throughout our companionship. And being a dog parent comes with the great responsibility of taking care of our precious pups the best we can, as it can really help their chances of having a longer lifespan and avoid injuries or diseases. We’ve put together a quick guide with 5 positive habits for dog parents to ensure a long, healthy and happy life with our Beests.


    1. FEED THEM WELL

    Just like with humans, feeding our pups quality foods can have great benefits. Food affects your dog’s overall health, helping with their digestive system, immunity, skin and coat, mood and energy. There are good and bad foods that can either benefit pup’s health or cause damage and even disease. A high quality diet that is catered to your pup’s conditions can keep them excited for food and free from sickness as they get older. Incorporating good fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals into their daily diet will help make Beest feel healthy and extra special. Do your research, start with small but positive changes, and find what works for your pup and your resources (budget, time or skills). Check out our Healthy Snacks Guide for easy recipes and helpful info to get you started!

    2. KEEP ‘EM CLEAN

    Cleanliness can impact our pups’ wellbeing if not cared for regularly. Staying on top of their oral hygiene can help curb serious health issues while keeping their skin and coat clean can spare them from discomfort and diseases from parasites like fleas and ticks. Regularly washing pup’s food bowls and toys helps prevent bacteria growth that is harmful for pup and can spread germs around our home. For more tips, head to our 5 Dog Hygiene Tips to keep you informed and on track with your cleaning habits.

    3. EXERCISE + TRAIN

    Regular exercise and training are crucial for keeping our furry friend healthy and happy. Just like humans, dogs need physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity-related issues. Exercise not only helps to burn off excess energy but also stimulates the brain, keeping them mentally sharp and engaged. It doesn’t matter if you have a new puppy or a senior dog, exercise is needed at all ages. Check out our Exercise Guide and our Senior Care Guide to find more exercise tips for your dog and their lifestyle. Training is also essential for developing good behavior and keeping pups mentally active. Practicing basic commands, challenging tricks, or a stimulating puzzle / toy, not only contributes to pup’s wellbeing but also strengthens the bond between you and your canine companion. So, whether it's a brisk walk in the park, a game of fetch, or a fun training session, make sure to maintain an exercise and training routine that fits you and your pup. Head to our Dog Training Guide for some easy training tips you can start implementing.

    4. BUILD THE BOND

    Our dogs spend their entire lives with us and no dog is the same in personality. Taking the time to truly get to know them and building a strong bond improves the physical and emotional wellbeing for us and our pups. By engaging in activities such as walks in the park, exciting games of fetch,1:1 training sessions, or cuddling together in our downtime, will help you get to know them and nurture a companionship like no other. Bonding with your Beest is an amazingly unique and rewarding experience that will keep you both happy and healthy over time.

    5. NEVER STOP LEARNING

    The journey towards being a responsible dog owner and keeping our dogs healthy never ends. Dogs thrive with their humans’ loving care and attention and it’s important to never stop educating ourselves on ways to keep our pups happy. Whether it's learning about proper nutrition, new exercise routines, preventive healthcare measures, or even training techniques that are just right for your dog, there is always something new to discover. By staying informed and up-to-date with the research and expert advice, our dogs will live a happy and healthy life for years to come. Remember, knowledge is power, and when it comes to our dog's wellbeing, learning is an ongoing journey that deserves our dedication and commitment. Whether you’re a first time dog owner or have had extensive dog parenting experience, these Dog Parent Tips that no one told us about, are great to know and share with a fellow dog parent.


    Maintaining the health and happiness of our beloved Beests is a lifelong commitment. Following positive habits, such as providing a nutritious diet, practicing good hygiene, incorporating regular exercise and training, building a strong bond, and continuously learning about their needs, can guide us in providing the best life to our Beests. For more dog parenting resources, be sure to explore our Wildebeest Guides that cover everything from DIY recipes to training and bonding tips and more. Happy Dog Parenting!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Oct | 11 | 2023

    5 Positive Habits for Beestie's Health + Happiness

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  • Wildebeest's Guide To Dog Breeds For Every Lifestyle

    Are you a first time dog parent? Or looking to grow your family with a new furry addition soon? Just like humans, dogs have different types of temperament, energy levels, and genetic skill sets. Finding the right dog breed can benefit both you and your pup to enjoy a happy and fulfilled companionship for years to come.

    There are seven types of dog groups that are based on physical and personality traits, which are: Sporting, Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Working, Herding, and Terrier Groups. The AKC lists each breed per group to help discover some breeds you might not have heard of and find the perfect fit for you and your family. The sad truth is that over 6.3 million dogs and cats are surrendered to shelters every year after being homed, and a top reason for surrenders, especially for dogs, is due to adopting a breed that is too much work or not a good fit for the owner. To bring more awareness to this reality and in recognizing Responsible Dog Ownership month, we put together lists of dog breeds for a range of lifestyles as a fun, general guide to help you find the best Beest to build a lasting bond with.

    Please note that this list covers only a tiny fraction of all the wonderful dogs + personalities out there. So if you don’t see certain breeds or traits mentioned here, don’t be alarmed or disappointed. We encourage you to do your own research ahead of making the big decision, for yourself AND your dog.


    Active Lifestyle

    You are constantly on-the-go, spending time outdoors, socializing with friends, adventuring to new places and traveling a lot.

    • Labrador Retriever - Friendly, Athletic, Intelligent, Loyal
    • Poodle - Intelligent, Affectionate, Loyal, Playful
    • German Shepherd - Intelligent, Protective, Courageous, Confident
    • Jack Russell Terrier - Energetic, Athletic, Independent, Intelligent
    • Australian Shepherd - Intelligent, Loyal, Playful, Protective, Adaptive
    • Vizsla - Gentle, Energetic, Affectionate, Athletic
    • Portuguese Water Dog - Obedient, Loyal, Lively, Brave
    • Siberian Husky - Independent, Playful, Mischievous, Friendly
    • Dalmatian - Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal, High Endurance
    • English Springer Spaniel - Attentive, Alert, Cheerful, Sociable
    • Airedale Terrier - Confident, Loyal, Friendly, Energetic

    For an active lifestyle you would want a breed that is well-rounded, naturally active and alert. These are high energy dogs that would require a lot of training and daily exercise. These types of dogs were built for working and maintaining a close relationship with their human companions. Proper training at an early age and keeping a regular routine, as well as engaging in specialized / breed-specific activities such as swimming, agility training and field work, will help these breeds, and you by extension, thrive out there!

    Urban Lifestyle

    You live in a busy, fast paced urban environment, like to explore the city by foot or public transportation, and have limited living spaces inside and out, such as no backyard.

    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Affectionate, Gentle, Playful, Athletic
    • Chihuahua - Charming, Smart, Sassy, Loyal
    • Dachshund - Playful, Clever, Stubborn, Fearless
    • Maltese - Gentle, Affectionate, Lively, Energetic
    • Bulldog - Friendly, Affectionate, Loyal, Courageous
    • Miniature Schnauzer - Alert, Spunky, Playful, Cheerful
    • Pembroke Welsh Corgi - Athletic, Friendly, Fearless, Independent
    • Whippet - Patient, Gentle, Tolerant, Quite
    • Chinese Crested - Graceful, Fun, Loyal, Alert
    • Shiba Inu - Alert, Confident, Loyal, Independent

    For the ultimate urbanite, the best suited breed would be smaller in size because navigating through denser areas is easier and they generally take up less space than bigger dogs. Breeds in the Toy group come in an array of sizes, colors, and most importantly… personality! These breeds are affectionate, sociable and adapt well to all types of environments. They have a moderate energy level and are full of wisdom and are eager to learn.

    But don’t let us stop you from getting a big dog! Having bigger dogs in the city can be a little more challenging but definitely manageable especially if you like to stay active and spend time outdoors where there’s room for your big dog to spread out. Small or big, socializing your city dog to different environments and desensitizing them at a young age will help train them to be the perfect sidekick to their human!

    Rural Lifestyle

    You lead a calmer, more peaceful and secluded lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you do farm-work, maintain land or often work with livestock or other types of animals, consider these breeds:

    • Akita - Protective, Calm, Intelligent, Loyal
    • Bernese Mountain Dog - Affectionate, Friendly, Hardy, Alert
    • Doberman Pinscher - Obedient, Brave, Versatile, Intelligent
    • Border Collie - Intelligent, Loyal, Energetic, Hardy
    • Great Pyrenees - Gentle, Affectionate, Loyal, Confident
    • Australian Cattle Dog - Energetic, Loyal, Brave, Alert
    • Old English Sheepdog - Gentle, Intelligent, Affectionate, Playful
    • Collie - Intelligent, Gentle, Loyal, Playful
    • Catahoula Leopard Dog - Affectionate, Energetic, Intelligent, Gentle
    • Rottweiler - Calm, Confident, Loyal, Fearless

    For a rural lifestyle, you may want to have a dog breed who is ready to put in the work with you and have fun at the same time. These breeds thrive as working dogs – pulling sleds, guarding flocks / herds / homes, and assisting humans with manual tasks. Known for their strength and intelligence, these dogs should be thoroughly trained and keep an active daily routine. Note that some of these breeds may not be best suited for a first time dog parent as they require dedicated and consistent training and work.

    Family Oriented Lifestyle

    Families who have different types of personalities within one household or those with children and a hectic schedule, like school or sports routines, to follow.

    • Bichon Frise - Curious, Gentl, Playful, Sociable
    • Boston Terrier - Energetic, Affectionate, Friendly, Loyal
    • French Bulldog - Friendly, Adaptable, Alert, Independent
    • Yorkshire Terrier - Feisty, Energetic, Affectionate, Playful
    • Beagle - Cheerful, Friendly, Vocal, Loyal
    • Golden Retriever - Intelligent, Friendly, Playful, Confident
    • Basset Hound - Gentle, Affectionate, Friendly, Stubborn
    • Alaskan Malamute - Gentle, Loyal, Playful, Independent
    • Bearded Collie - Athletic, Energetic, Independent, Friendly
    • Brussels Griffon - Curious, Energetic, Alert, Social

    For a family oriented lifestyle, breeds that are easy going and don’t require extensive training or activity might be the best fit. These breeds are diverse from size to personality and come from all types of backgrounds. They generally make for great household dogs that are snuggle buddies, reliable watchdogs and energetic playmates all at once.

    There are many benefits to having a family dog, especially for kids who grow up around dogs at home. Recent studies have suggested that family dog ownership has positive associations with early child development, particularly in social-emotional development (self-esteem, autonomy and empathy). Whether you have young children or older children, allergic or special needs family member, assess everyone’s individual needs first to guide you to the best dog that fits your family.

    Homebody Lifestyle

    You are more of an introvert, feel most comfortable spending time at home, working, gardening, doing house projects or binge-watching a new TV series.

    • Greyhound - Gentle, Intelligent, Friendly, Affectionate
    • Great Dane - Gentle, Affectionate, Loyal, Confident
    • Shih Tzu - Affectionate, Playful, Friendly, Lively
    • Irish Wolfhound - Calm, Patient, Affectionate, Loyal
    • Pug - Friendly, Playful, Affectionate, Stubborn
    • Saint Bernard - Gentle, Calm, Tolerant, Playful
    • Chow Chow - Independent, Intelligent, Loyal
    • Japanese Chin - Quite, Affectionate, Intelligent, Independent
    • Pomeranian - Curious, Intelligent, Energetic, Feisty

    For a solo, homebody lifestyle, you should consider a dog breed that is easy to train and manage and don’t mind a lot of down time. Also great for first time dog parents, these breeds typically love being lazy as long as they’re with their humans and don’t require constant stimulation or activity all the time. Adopting a senior dog may also be an option for you as they can be calm companions who are happy lounging around as they slow down.

    But don’t forget that dogs are domesticated animals and although these breeds would be perfectly content at home cuddling up with you most of the time, getting outside for some fresh air and new smells every now and then would go far in keeping them healthy and happy.


    Whatever your Building a bond with your dog is one of the most rewarding experiences and special privileges we as humans can have. We hope that our list can serve as a quick and insightful guide that inspires you to begin the quest for your perfect Beest. Remember, there are many factors to consider besides just breed and lifestyle alone. Personality, temperament, physical traits, etc., are all worth researching and feeling out before choosing the best furry pal for you or your family. We would encourage you to always have a meet-and-greet with your prospective new dog if there’s that opportunity, as meeting a dog in person will give you an infinitely better idea of them and your fit together. And we’re sure that with the right pup by your side, you will not only feel more natural and confident as a dog parent but also whole-heartedly love every moment of your bonding journey with Beest. Happy Searching!

     

    Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

    Sep | 13 | 2023

    Wildebeest's Guide To Dog Breeds For Every Lifestyle

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